County Celebrates National Senior Center Month, and Fall Prevention Awareness Week

09/15/2023

Category: County Council

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Andy Hollis, Childlene Brooks, and Ann DeMart accept “National Senior Center Month, September 2023” proclamation from Council Member Lynn Mielke.

Andy Hollis, Childlene Brooks, and Ann DeMart accept “National Senior Center Month, September 2023” proclamation from Council Member Lynn Mielke.

Held every year in September, National Senior Center Month aims to promote senior centers, showing the entire nation how vital they are to the health and well-being of a community. Talbot County has two senior centers, Brookletts Place – The Talbot County Senior Center, located in Easton, and the Bay Hundred Senior Center; both are operated by Upper Shore Aging, Inc. on behalf of Talbot County Government.

Childlene Brooks, Manager, Brookletts Place, Ann DeMart, Manager. Bay Hundred Senior Center, and Andy Hollis, Executive Director, Upper Shore Aging, Inc. accepted the proclamation at the September 12th County Council meeting.

The 2023 theme for National Senior Center month is “Discover Yours”, encouraging older adults to discover their unique interests, talents, and aspirations at their local senior center.

“We encourage adults 60 years of age or older to participate in numerous activities promoting camaraderie and making new friends, utilizing our gyms, exercise classes and monthly health presentations, as well as our art classes,” said Childlene Brooks, Manager for Brookletts Place in Easton.

Brookletts Place in Easton is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bay Hundred Senior Center in St. Michaels is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are offered at both facilities to learn about what each has to offer.

For up-to-date information on programs and activities, visit their websites: brooklettsplace.org, bayhundredseniorcenter.org, or www.uppershoreaging.org.

In addition, September 18-22, 2023 is Fall Prevention Awareness Week. The National Council on Aging, the Falls Free Initiative, and partners have spent the last 15 years educating and engaging with older adults about prevention of falls through evidence-based programming.

“Many people think falls are a normal part of aging.  The truth is, they are not.  Most falls can be prevented, and individuals have the power to reduce their risk,” said Andy Hollis, Executive Director of Upper Shore Aging. Managing medication, having vision checked and making living environments safer are all steps to help prevent a fall. More tips on fall prevention for older adults can be found here: 6 Steps to Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults (ncoa.org)

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